Gary Neville: Arsenal are not realistic title contenders

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Gary Neville does not view Arsenal as genuine title contenders.

England assistant coach and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville does not believe Arsenal can win this season's Premier League.

Arguably also SkySports' leading pundit, the 39-year-old believes the lack of a new striker will hamper the club's chances.

He wrote in his pre-season predictions column for the channel:

"I’m surprised that more clubs didn’t go in for him (Sanchez). They probably need two or three more to go with him to make it, if you like, a more complete team but I think that’s a really good signing and somebody they lacked at times last year.

"Are Arsenal realistic title contenders? I don’t think so.

"For me, until I see a real strong and powerful presence in midfield and potentially another centre-forward and maybe a centre-back I’m not sure."

Neville last season was vocal in writing off the club's chances, and was ultimately proven right.

Arsenal fans will hope this time is different, but if no further players come in, the same nagging concerns about defensive depth will eat away.

Arsene Wenger has maintained he is in the market to sign players, with Bendikt Howedes and Luiz Gustavo linked last yesterday.

Should the Gunners manage to add either of the centre-back or defensive midfielder, fans will be appeased, but Wenger appears not to have another striker on his radar - something Neville views as a real concern.

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